Driver Hiring Process - Bus Driver Jobs & Training | Community Transit
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Bus Driver Hiring Process

The road to our Bus Driver Trainee class has a few steps along the way. The average time from application to classroom is 30 to 60 days. You can help keep the process rolling smoothly by watching your email for updates and completing next steps quickly. We can't wait to welcome you aboard!

Apply Now1. Apply Now!

  • Create a profile and answer a few questions.
  • You will be emailed a form to add your last 5 years of job history.
  • Be prepared to explain any gaps in employment (school, unemployed, etc.).

Online Assessment2. Online Assessment

  • The online assessment takes about 15 minutes.
  • Take the test as soon as you are receive the invitation. You'll have two days to take it. 
  • Take the test in a location where you can limit interruptions and distractions.

Introduction Zoom Meeting3. Introduction Zoom Meeting

  • Answer a few pre-screening interview questions. 
  • Learn more about what it means to be an essential worker and what schedules for bus drivers look like.

Interview Event4. Interview Event

  • Interviews are scheduled one to two weeks out.
  • Plan on attending the interview through Zoom for 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • Learn more about the Training Academy, work schedules, acquiring a CDL Permit, and CDL requirements. 

Reference Check5. Reference Check

  • You will need at least 4 references from current or former supervisors within the last 5 years.
  • Let references know in advance that they will be contacted.
  • Start studying for your CDL Permits.
  • The reference check process take about one week following a successful interview. 

Contingent Offer6. Contingent Offer

  • We will call you to walk you through the next steps and we will discuss together the best start date.
  • We will follow up with a written contingent offer email that outlines the process steps.
  • You will need to pass a physical and drug test and a criminal background check.

Obtain CDL Permit7. Obtain CDL Permit

  • CDL Permits require passing 3 skill tests — knowledge, passenger, and air brake. 
  • Check with your local Department of Licensing for permit testing days and times.
  • Visit the Department of Licensing site for more information on CDL permits.
  • Complete all tests to receive your final offer.

    Final Offer8. Final Offer

    • Congratulations! You will receive your final written offer.
    • Your offer letter will include instructions for your first day as a Community Transit Bus Driver Trainee.

    Class Begins9. Class Begins

    • Review your offer letter and prepare what you need to bring to class.
    • Be on time and be prepared to become a member of a great team!

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    Have questions? Please call (425)348-2315 or email